Blog Tour: Cashmere

Author: Temple West
Series: Velvet #2
Genre: YA Paranormal
Page Length: 432 Pages
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: In Medias Res Publications
Source: eARC 

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This high-stakes sequel to Velvet proves that when you’re the only human caught in a paranormal war, high school can get a little tricky. With Adrian’s brother trapped in hell, the Praetorian Guard has made Stony Creek their base-of-operations, but Caitlin has a bad feeling they’re more interested in her than in finding Lucian. Caught in a sea of conspiracies and lies, Caitlin and Adrian perform a risky magical procedure in an attempt to protect Caitlin from compulsion.

Relieved that her nightmares have ended, Caitlin is disturbed to find that something even stranger has taken their place.

Determined to get on with her life, even amid a crazy paranormal manhunt, she applies for a competitive summer fashion internship in New York. Searching desperately for answers about what Caitlin might be, how Adrian’s father is involved, and where Lucian has been kidnapped to, Caitlin and Adrian must rely on each other to survive. But when the truth finally comes to light, the consequences are unimaginable.

And the question still haunts them both: even if they survive, how will they deal with the fact that Adrian is immortal and Caitlin is not?

Review: The Crown's Fate



After reading all of the amazing Tsar's Guard spotlight posts, I am honored to finish off the tour with a review of The Crown's Game. This book far surpassed my expectations, and I ended up loving it even more than the first book! 

Author: Evelyn Skye
Series: The Crown's Game #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length: 432 Pages
Publication Date: May 16th, 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: ARC 

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Magic is growing, shadows are rising, and the throne is at stake…

Russia is on the brink of great change. Pasha’s coronation approaches, and Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult—and dangerous—than she ever expected.

Pasha is grappling with his own problems—his legitimacy is in doubt, the girl he loves loathes him, and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges—and with the magic in Russia growing rapidly—Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom.

For Nikolai, the ending of the Crown’s Game stung deeply. Although he just managed to escape death, Nikolai remains alone, a shadow hidden in a not-quite-real world of his own creation. But when he’s given a second chance at life—tied to a dark price—Nikolai must decide just how far he’s willing to go to return to the world.

With revolution on the rise, dangerous new magic rearing up, and a tsardom up for the taking, Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha must fight—or face the destruction of not only their world but also themselves.

Review: A Shadow Bright and Burning

Author: Jessica Cluess
Series: Kingdom on Fire #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length: 416 Pages
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Random House BFYR
Source: ARC via publisher
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Henrietta can burst into flames.

Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s named the first female sorcerer in hundreds of years and invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the prophesied one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta is not the chosen one.

As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

ARC Review: Daughter of the Pirate King

Author: Tricia Levenseller
Series: DotPK #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length: 320 Pages
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Source: ARC via publisher
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A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

Classics/Contemporaries in the Classroom

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It's no secret that English has remained my favorite subject throughout all of high school.  While other subjects sometimes felt like a series of closed doors with pre-worked math formulas and innumerable facts to memorize, English was whatever I wanted it to be.  Sure, I had to learn (and still am learning) the fundamentals of grammar and the little nuances of the language, but many of the assignments I faced didn't feel like assignments.  They were open-ended questions for me to answer in any way I pleased through writing.

The Post I Was Scared To Write

*Disclaimer: I am not trying to silence anyone. You are free to say whatever you'd like to say. This post focuses on how people feel after you say what you say to them and why your message isn't being heard. 
*Disclaimer: I am not saying that anyone is a bad person nor am I labeling anyone as "wrong." I want to clearly express my opinions in a calm manner that will hopefully encourage conversation and change if needed. I am addressing something I see as a problem just as you have addressed problems in the past and hopefully continue to address problems in the future so we may all learn.
*Disclaimer: The quotes listed below are from active members in the YA/book community.

Thank you to the many people who reached out to me on Twitter and shared their stories and quotes. This post would be nothing without the conversations we've had, the stories you told, and the courage of your voices.

The Beginning:

On Thursday a brave lady on Twitter by the name of Sierra expressed in a Twitter thread a sentiment that I and many others shared regarding Book Twitter. She highlighted the very scary and true realization that many teenagers are terrified to speak up and share their opinions in the book community. This is very problematic because our book community is centered around young adult books, books meant for the teenage age group. Can you see the problem when people in the community who are supposed to be writing for you act in such a way that you can no longer trust them? Book Twitter is unrecognizable. It has twisted into something I now cringe at when I think of it. The culture that has permeated through Book Twitter has left a foul taste in my mouth, and the community has warped into a hostile and unwelcoming environment.